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One Strange and Fun Little-Known Fact About Every State

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Virginia
> Fact: Virginia has had 3 capital cities: Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Richmond. And Richmond was also the capital of the Confederate States during the Civil War.

Washington
> Fact: Long Beach Peninsula is the longest contiguous beach in the U.S. — 28 miles.

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West Virginia
> Fact: West Virginia was the first state to have a sales tax. It was 0.4% and went into effect in 1921.

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Wisconsin
> Fact: The Republican Party was founded in Ripon in 1854. Former members of the Whig Party met to establish a new party that opposed slavery.

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Wyoming
> Fact: The Wyoming territory became first in the nation to grant women over the age of 21 the right to vote in 1869.

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